embraces new Māori name
The University of Auckland has announced a change to its Māori name, and will now be known as Waipapa Taumata Rau.
The university’s previous Māori name was Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau, a more literal translation of its English name.
The replacement name underpins a new strategic direction, one that aims to “build respect for Māori knowledge” and challenges the public to understand the deep roots of Māori history and culture.
Auckland University celebrated the name change at dawn on Monday morning at Waipapa marae. The ceremony included a karakia and a plaque inscribed with the new name was unveiled.
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